The man who caught a killer

2011-03-19 19:35

World-class police work finally put serial killer Jack Mogale away for good.

“Let the good police work continue after this and in all subsequent cases,” Judge Frans Kgomo said during sentencing on Friday.

Lead investigator Captain Happy Vilankulu, one of Gauteng’s most successful cops, thanked the colleagues who had helped him crack the case.

During his 25 years with the police, ­Vilankulu has seen it all.

He has one regret, though, that eight of Mogale’s 16 murder ­victims were so badly decomposed that their identities will never be known.

“Their spirits cannot rest because they are not buried by their families,” Vilankulu says.

“Mogale is so cruel. The worst thing is that he killed a mother and a child, who was maybe two or three years old. That is the worst sin. How did he feel when he killed them?”

Making it personal is exactly how you catch such a vicious killer, Vilankulu says.

“You must treat every dead person as if they are one of your family, then it is easy for you to crack the case.”

Vilankulu is part of the Serial and Ritual Murder Unit in the Gauteng police’s Organised Crime Unit.

“My children know what I do and they’re very proud of what I’m doing.

I owe a lot to my family. I work at night and they never complain when I have to go out to do my work.

They know I’m helping the community,” he says.

“I am very happy and proud. This is a ­message to all other serial killers out there: We will catch you.”


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